Antique MapArt Australia specialises in original antique maps depicting the Australasian region, which includes Australia, New Zealand, New Guinea, lower South East Asia, and the western Pacific between the 1500s and 1800s. Other maps have a relationship with the region in other ways than purely depicting it, such as through a personality such as Cook, Bligh, or King. We also offer a large selection of world maps showing the evolution of the region.
We offer you the best selection of Australasian maps by complementing our collection with pieces available to us in collections held nationally and internationally. This allows our clients to have the most comprehensive selection of this region available anywhere.
The Australian continent is our key focus. Maps of Australia include sea charts of the coast, maps showing the exploration of the interior and plans showing the layout of cities, towns, and counties.
Early maps of Australasia are much rarer than those of most other regions, so we hope that our effort to specifically compile this region will aid you in finding what you may be looking for.
About the founder
Antique MapArt Australia was founded by Troy Hamilton-Irvine in Brisbane, Australia.
Troy has long had a relationship with history. He grew up on Norfolk Island, which was discovered by Captain Cook in 1774 and is home to the descendants of the crew from the mutiny on the Bounty until today. The Island’s convict settlement (1788-1856) is the second oldest English settlement after Sydney in the Australian region, so history was a part of every day life. Troy spent his child hood years amongst the ruins of the old settlement which is currently proposed as a World Heritage site because of its essential importance to the foundation of Australia. Troy’s father dived on many shipwrecks and was part of the original team to raise off the seabed the anchor of HMS Sirius (flagship to the first fleet that first settled Europeans in Australia), which sunk in 1790 on the Island’s reef.
Growing up around the island’s artefacts intrigued Troy’s early fascination in the beauty of history. Troy began collecting artefacts at 6 years old with broken convict period porcelain and ancient Polynesian stone tools found washed up on the settlements beaches.
Years travelling abroad has given Troy the contacts to the many fabulous collections which he draws upon for his clients. Troy combines the passion and knowledge of the treasure of historical maps along with the investment value foresight, artistic and historical appreciation, collecting, and enjoyment of the world of antique maps as an art piece.